Feast your eyes on this slick editorial spotlighting Solange's sensual side. We didn't see much of the Madewell spokes model during New York Fashion Week, but she's making up for missed time in her latest spread for Lurve magazine, shot by Ellen von Unwerth and styled by Lyna V. Ahanda.
From a beaded bodice, coupled with gaudy chandelier earrings, to a seductive shot in a high-slit backless gown and floppy hat, Solo gives us face and body along with her thoughts on hair and fashion.
"I’m really trying to navigate my feelings on the entire hair issue and it’s tough doing that publicly. On one hand, I can’t ignore the fact that I have done things that have put attention on my hair with going on Oprah and being a part of Carol’s Daughter. I was asked to appear on an episode of Oprah that was dedicated to Black hair, and speak about why I cut my hair. I thought if I addressed it then, then maybe I wouldn't have to do it on that level again."
"I spoke about how I felt like my hair was holding me back from fully utilizing my life, in terms of the time, energy and money I was spending. I also remember very clearly saying that this was the phase I am in and if I wanted to wear weave down to my calves — when and if that time came — I very much so would. I still feel that way now. I realize for some people that was a big turning point in terms of how they saw me."
On Carol's Daughter:
"I'm actually no longer a part of Carol's Daughter, but throughout my entire time working with them, I was constantly fighting for the right message to be heard: the way we wear our hair is a personal choice, there's no right or wrong way; one way doesn't make us more intelligent, or more superficial, and everyone makes that choice for very different reasons."
On Style Evolution:
"I look at some of my fashion choices back in the day... You know how people say, 'Who let her walk out of the house that way?' Oh believe me, I had the people and they tried, but I resisted the arrest! Life is supposed to be about experimenting and going for it, especially in your twenties. So I have to just go for it, and laugh later. Having a sense of humor is really the key to keeping my sanity. Not taking myself or others too seriously."
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(Photos: Courtesy of LURVE Magazine)